Farmers Strengthens Commercial Lending Team in Pa.

CANFIELD, Ohio – Farmers National Bank of Canfield recently welcomed three new members to the commercial lending team in Western Pennsylvania.

The bank has added Kevin Jansma, Walter Thomas, and Fred Port, all as vice presidents, senior relationship managers. Combined, these commercial lenders have almost a century of experience.
In these roles, Jansma, Thomas, and Port will be helping businesses succeed in the greater Pittsburgh region.

“We are investing in our Pennsylvania team so that we can in turn invest in our local businesses,” says Joshua Fye, Pennsylvania commercial banking team leader for Farmers National Bank. “Providing capital to small businesses is our mission as a community bank and having strong businesses creates a thriving community.”

Jansma and Thomas will be based on the Southside of Pittsburgh. Port will serve in the Clarion area.

Before joining Farmers, Jansma served as senior vice president and commercial banking group manager at another regional bank in Western Pennsylvania. Jansma has extensive experience in structuring credit and treasury management solutions for commercial clients. He graduated from Penn State University and holds a master of management from Saint Vincent College. Outside of work, Jansma is actively involved in the community, serving as vice chair of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust.

Thomas has been in the commercial finance industry for almost 40 years, including with several institutions in the Pittsburgh region. He’s held several positions throughout his career, including one as a chief financial officer for a real estate investment firm. His primary focus has been in commercial real estate lending. Thomas received his undergraduate degree in finance and real estate from Kent State University and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Port has more than three decades of commercial banking experience. Over the years, Port has held a number of roles, including vice president of commercial lending and small business banking with another institution. He is passionate about keeping health care close to home. Port was on the board of directors for the Clarion Healthcare System. He is heavily involved in the Clarion area. He graduated from Clarion University with an MBA, has volunteered with the Clarion Rotary Club and has lived in the area his entire life.

Farmers now has six commercial lenders in Pennsylvania spanning from Erie to Pittsburgh to Clarion and beyond.

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